1. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Boast Nos. 1-5 On Billboard Hot 100

    April 04, 2014 10:37 AM EDT "Just about everyone is tired of the Beatles." So read the first line of a story on page 1 of the Billboard magazine dated April 4, 1964, exactly 50 years ago today. That was the week that the Beatles made history as the only act ever to ...

  2. Ross On Radio: Is The Sound Of Summer At Alternative, Triple-A Now?

    March 31, 2014 9:30 AM EDT After Five Years of Pop, Could Summer 2014 Rock? Is the sound of summer 2014 playing on an alternative or triple-A station now? For the last five years, the song of summer has been either pure pop, rhythmic pop, or in that "turbo-pop" ar ...

  3. Z104 PD Deb Turpin Celebrating 25 Years at ‘Chance Of A Lifetime’ Job

    March 28, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Not many radio PDs can say they’ve been at one station for 25 years. Even fewer can say they got their start at that station mowing the lawn. Former Stealing Angels Twins Transition from Stage to Behind the Curtains as Promoters Both of those thin ...

  4. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  5. First Listen: The Radio League of Milwaukee

    March 26, 2014 2:40 PM EDT In recent years, broadcasters have done a better job of creating products that go beyond their AM/FM transmitters, whether it's hip-hop/R&B WQHT (Hot 97) New York getting its own reality series or cross-town sports outlet WFAN's morn ...

  6. Against the Tide, Christian Rap Grows and Goes Mainstream

    March 24, 2014 12:43 PM EDT "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The Word of God: Songs By Christian Rappers Tackle Everything From Molly to the Da ...

  7. Frankie Ballard Took A ‘Helluva’ Ride To The Top Of The Chart

    March 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT There’s a line in Frankie Ballard’s first hit that really resonates with him: “Bad times make the good times better.” Celebrating his first No. 1 this week on the Country Airplay chart with “Helluva Life,” the Battle Creek, Mich., native can’t hel ...

  8. Radio Host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Lawsuit Against Former Employees Thrown Out

    March 20, 2014 10:41 PM EDT A judge has dismissed a lawsuit Spanish-language radio host Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo filed against six former Univision employees accusing them of a $4.9 million extortion plot and false accusations of sexual harassment and workplace humili ...

  9. Clear Channel’s Presentation Effect: A Case Of 'Mist'-aken Identity?

    March 20, 2014 6:21 PM EDT Related Articles Clear Channel Parent Posts Fourth-Quarter Loss (Update) Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 11 - Bob Pittman, Chairman/CEO of Clear Channel Bandpage Signs Up Clear Channel, iHeartRadio A New York Post report citing a “mist tunnel” at Cl ...

  10. First Listen: Bay Area's #Nelly1057 becomes Hot 105.7

    March 20, 2014 9:10 AM EDT For many radio people, it was baffling. How did a radio station format change stunt that hearkens back to the beginnings of top 40 become a social media sensation, then spread even further? At a time when radio is rarely a consumer press story, or ...

  11. Behind Hot 97's New VH1 Reality Show: ‘The More People See Our Faces, the More They’ll Turn On the Radio’

    March 19, 2014 11:02 AM EDT News of a new VH1 program focusing on Hot 97 seemed to come quickly. Contractual details were ironed out in late 2013 and filming of “This is Hot 97” began inside the New York City-based hip-hop radio station’s studios in January before an early ...

  12. Pandora Raises Price of Ad-Free Service

    March 18, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Citing higher royalty costs, Pandora on Tuesday said it is raising the price of its ad-free PandoraOne service to $4.99 a month for new subscribers, starting in May. Existing PandoraOne subscribers will continue to pay $3.99 a month, the company s ...

  13. Meet Ryan Tedder, the Secret King of Pop Who Doesn't Look at Royalty Checks (Cover Story)

    March 18, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year, but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer. Minutes after get ...

  14. Pandora's Longtime Chief Technology Officer Steps Down

    March 18, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Pandora has announced that longtime chief technology officer and EVP of product Tom Conrad will be stepping aside and "transitioning to an advisor role," the executive said in a letter to Pandora employees. (You can find Conrad's le ...

  15. Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013

    March 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Rec ...

  16. Inside the Ears of SiriusXM Country Programmer John Marks

    March 17, 2014 4:49 PM EDT When country record label execs tell the tales of how their songs became hits, two words are nearly always part of the story: John Marks. SiriusXM’s senior director of country programming is not only thought to have some of the best ears in the bu ...

  17. 'Frozen' vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 6:59 PM EDT There may be a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack could bring a wintry chill back to No. 1, though Luke Bryan's "Spring Break 6… Like We Ain't Ever" EP is als ...

  18. Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85% Annual Revenue

    March 14, 2014 5:17 PM EDT In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S ...

  19. After Digital Success, Country Singer Brantley Gilbert Ascends at Radio as 'Bottoms Up' Tops Charts

    March 14, 2014 2:03 PM EDT At a listener event at KJUG Visalia, Calif., on March 3, a woman asked Brantley Gilbert to sign her arm. She then proceeded straight to the local tattoo parlor to turn his autograph into a permanent testament of her devotion. Brantley Gilbert Hits ...

  20. Chart Moves: Thirty Seconds to Mars Makes Post-Oscar Gain, Von Trapp Singers Debut on Billboard 200

    March 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Rick Ross claimed his fifth No. 1 album , while Pharrell Williams bowed at No. 2 with his second album, "G I R L." Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's tak ...

  21. Liberty Media Corp Dumps Plans to Acquire SiriusXM Radio

    March 14, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Liberty Media Corp. said Thursday it will reclassify its common stock into two new tracking stocks and, due to the change in structure, it has abandoned its effort to acquire SiriusXM Radio, a company in which it already owns 53%. The plan has the ...

  22. 'Frozen' Flirting With Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 12, 2014 8:12 PM EDT The soundtrack to "Frozen" is flirting with a return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album could sell between 80,000 and 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 16, according to industry sources. That co ...

  23. Rdio 'Transitioning Away' from Spotify-Owned Echo Nest (Source)

    March 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rdio will likely not renew its business ties with The Echo Nest following Spotify's announcement  last week of its plans to acquire the music intelligence platform.  Speaking with CNBC  at SXSW, Rdio's Chief Executive Anthony Bay said, & ...

  24. SXSWi Q&A: Pandora’s Heidi Browning Talks Continued Growth, Working with Large Brands

    March 10, 2014 6:25 PM EDT As the senior VP of strategic solutions for Pandora, Heidi Browning oversees the company’s advertising growth in ways that would be less-than-obvious to consumers, from Taco Bell boxes to organizing concerts in Denver with Tokimonsta and her fans ...

  25. Paul McCartney Gets By With Help From KCSN Radio

    March 07, 2014 3:07 PM EST As legendary as Paul McCartney is, he's not above picking up the phone and personally thanking a radio programmer for playing songs from his latest album, "New." Paul McCartney's Top 10 Billboard Hits When KCSN Los Angeles prog ...

  26. Billboard's '40 Under 40' for 2014: Cast Your Nominations Here!

    March 07, 2014 9:45 AM EST Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's annual Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. ...

  27. Chart Moves: Jake Bugg's 'American Idol' Performance Leads to 551% Sales Gain, Celtic Woman Collects 10th No. 1

    March 06, 2014 8:33 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, ScHoolboy Q nabbed his first No. 1 with "Oxymoron," while the top 10 welcomed a total of six debuts. That's the most arrivals in the top 10 since last November. Outside the very busy top ...

  28. Katy Perry Sets Record on Pop Songs Chart

    March 05, 2014 10:55 AM EST Katy Perry claims the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the 21-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart all to herself, as "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, spends a fourth week on top, upping her career count to ...

  29. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  30. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 6:44 PM EST Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album crosses the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 2 ...

  31. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  32. Liberty Media Swings to Fourth-Quarter Profit

    February 28, 2014 3:26 PM EST UPDATED: CEO Greg Maffei says he still won't rule out a TWC acquisition for his company. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Sells Stock of SiriusXM Controller Liberty Media John Malone's Liberty Media on Friday said it swung to a f ...

  33. Clear Channel's John Sykes On Why We Need Another Award Show (Q&A)

    February 27, 2014 12:45 PM EST Wednesday’s news that Clear Channel would be entering the highly competitive TV awards arena on May 1 with the iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing on NBC from 8 p.m.-11p.m. ET/PT, has been expected since September. But the relatively quick turnaround ...

  34. Ross On Radio: An R&B Comeback, Almost

    February 26, 2014 10:40 PM EST Give Ross On Radio reader and frequent correspondent Steve Sobczuk credit for spotting it early.  A month ago, the Waterloo, Ontario-based Sobczuk wrote, "There was a real R&B drought on top 40 for the better part of 2013, which doesn ...

  35. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  36. David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties

    February 26, 2014 6:23 PM EST The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.   “Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are a ...

  37. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  38. Clear Channel, NBC To Air iHeartRadio Music Awards May 1

    February 26, 2014 9:27 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first iHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, the company announced today, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Clear Channel Media and Entertainmen ...

  39. Scott Shannon on His Move to NYC's WCBS-FM: 'It's a Great Situation'

    February 26, 2014 8:00 AM EST Legendary NYC radio jock Scott Shannon resurfaces at NYC's WCBS-FM not long after bidding farewell to his longtime home at WPLJ.   Not long after sharing an on-air goodbye with 23-year “Scott & Todd Morning Show” co-host Todd Pettingill o ...

  40. Bandpage Signs Up Clear Channel, iHeartRadio

    February 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage, a company used by 500,000 artists to distribute their band information to various online sites, announced an agreement to supply artist bios, photos and tour dates to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio streaming music service as well as th ...

  41. Billboard's Triple A Chart Gets a Makeover

    February 21, 2014 5:22 PM EST The tally welcomes several influential radio stations in major markets, further solidifying the chart's status as a launch pad for multi-format hits. Billboard's Triple A radio airplay chart undergoes a significant makeover, as its repor ...

  42. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  43. ADA Partners with Mute, Beefs Up Management

    February 20, 2014 3:22 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance is taking measures to boost its international capabilities by adding staff and adding the Warner Music Group local teams around the globe to its efforts. In another move, ADA has signed a "partnership&quo ...

  44. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  45. Cumulus Shares 9 Percent Rise on Quarterly Results

    February 18, 2014 6:46 PM EST Shares of Cumulus Media surged 9 percent on Tuesday after the nation's second-largest owner-operator of radio stations said quarterly net revenue rose 5 percent to $275.5 million. Stripping out acquisitions of Townsquare and Westwood One, whi ...

  46. CRS Week: The Gulch Offers 'Knock Your Socks Off' Alternative to Standard Power Meal

    February 18, 2014 11:26 AM EST Those attending the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville (Feb. 19-21) have 12 good reasons to venture beyond the convention center. The Gulch, a former tangle of abandoned rail yards, is close enough to Music Row to make it a cool alternative ...

  47. Brett Eldredge Works 'Beat' to Radio: 'I Want to Do This for a Long Time'

    February 18, 2014 11:19 AM EST Since he made his chart debut in 2010 with "Raymond," Brett Eldredge has been a regular at the Country Radio Seminar. That – and a Warner Brothers recording contract aside, wasn't enough to gain him entry into one of the hottest tic ...

  48. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Sells Stock of SiriusXM Controller Liberty Media

    February 17, 2014 10:51 AM EST The billionaire investor's Berkshire Hathaway continues to own stakes in Viacom, Starz, DirecTV and Liberty Media. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has disclosed a small stake in John Malone's international cable company Liberty ...

  49. Ross On Radio: They'd Miss Us, So What?

    February 17, 2014 7:30 AM EST Every Format Change Disappoints Someone, But Is Radio Healthier For It? When WJHM Orlando, Fla., became 101.9 Amp Radio last week, it was confirmation of a format evolution to top 40 that had otherwise been completed some time ago. 102 Jamz was, u ...

  50. CRS Preview: Country Radio's Annual Marathon Includes Stops for Hall of Fame, Humanitarian Award, Panels & More

    February 17, 2014 6:16 AM EST It’s an annual rite of passage for the country radio industry and Nashville music community that tests the stamina (and alcohol tolerance) of its participants every year. Set for Feb. 19-21 at the downtown Nashville Convention Center and the adj ...

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